Max Cook

Blog | Max Cook going for it in Aragon and winning at home

Hello everyone,

The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup 2018 season is over and it's been by far the best year of my life.

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I've learnt so many skills this year, from learning new tracks to learning different aspects of race craft. I've also learnt lots off the bike as well such as how to give the correct feedback to mechanics and how to go through data with rider coaches. As well as this I've made many friends from all over the world!

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I'm sure lots more learning and good memories will continue in 2019!

The final round at Motorland Aragon was a great round for me. My goal going into the weekend was to finish the year with 2 solid finishes because I hadn't finished a race properly since Race 1 at Sachsenring.

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I qualified 17th which I wasn't too happy with because I've always struggled with qualifying all year. In Race 1 I made up 5 places and finished 12th. I had a good battle the whole race but my goal for Race 2 was to stay with the front group.

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In Race 2 I had a great race by closing a 2 second gap from the front group to the second group and got the fastest lap. I carried the momentum for another 2 laps but I think I was pushing too hard because I made my way up to 8th position and a mistake at turn 4-5 cost me a lot of time. I broke too late and the front wheel folded underneath me but I was able to save it on my knee, elbow and shoulder!

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Although I saved it I had to rejoin In 20th and from there I managed to finish 14th. This gave me a confidence boost because I know I have the pace which is why I really can't wait for the 2019 season to get underway!

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The weekend after I raced in Assen for the British Talent Cup. I had an incredible battle in both races with ex Rookie, Rory Skinner and in Race 2 I beat him by 0.005 of a second. It was an awesome race and the championship decider is in 4 weeks at Valencia for the MotoGP.

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Then I went to the junior races at Tattershall for the final round of my brother's championship. He came away with 3rd overall in the Metrakit 50cc championship which is great for his first year. I also rode my mini pitbike there as well for some fun training and it keeps me racing.

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Then the weekend after I rode at Brands Hatch for the final round of the British Moto3 championship. Where I came away with a win by over 4 seconds!

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Although the season is coming to an end I am still training hard for 2019!

Chat soon,

Max